It is the duty of the nursing staff at every Illinois nursing facility to protect the dignity and rights of individuality of every patient under their care. Any failure to do so violates a resident’s rights. Even so, not all nursing homes adequately train their nursing staff or develop and enforce policies involving dignity and respect, which is often detrimental to the patient’s quality of life. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent patients who are mistreated or abused by their caregivers while residing at Illinois nursing homes like The Villa at Evergreen Park.
The Villa at Evergreen Park
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 242-certified-bed Nursing Center providing cares and services to residents of Evergreen Park and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved Nursing Home is located at:
10124 South Kedzie
Evergreen Park, Il 60805
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Wound care
- Cardiac care
- Orthopedic care
- Postsurgical care
- Respiratory/pulmonary care
- Movement disorder/stroke recovery care
- Hospice and palliative care
- Memory/Alzheimer’s disease care
Evergreen Park Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every safety concern, health violation, filed complaint and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, The Villa at Evergreen Park maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Right to Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that staff respected the privacy and dignity of two residents.”
One incident involved not “knocking on the door requesting permission to enter the resident’s room, and [a failure to] cover the private parts of one resident… While leaving them unattended for an extended amount of time.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to provide privacy during glucose monitoring for a resident.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving 9:40 AM 04/11/2016 incident occurring during the initial tour when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “entered Room 519 without knocking on the door or requesting permission prior to entering.” Ten minutes later, a Certified Nursing Assistant “entered Room 523 without knocking or requesting permission to enter.”
The following day at approximately 2:00 PM, a housekeeping employee “entered the room of two residents without knocking or requesting permission to enter, and went directly to the closet [never asking for] permission, or explained to [the residents why they were] going through their private space.” The resident’s “indicated staff enters the room for various occasions without knocking, explanations or permission to enter from either resident.”
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse on the morning of 04/12/2016 “performing blood glucose monitoring on [a resident] in the 100 Unit Dining Room.” The LPN stated “I did the Accucheck (blood glucose monitor) because [the resident] wanted me to check it very fast. That is not what we normally do, we usually take them to the room and do the Accucheck.”
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse on the morning of 04/13/2016 preparing a resident for treatment by removing their “pants and incontinent brief.” The LPN “left the room and left [the resident] uncovered with [the resident’s] buttocks and legs exposed.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the blood glucose monitoring observation documents that provide guidance that includes:
“The nurse is to explain to the resident’s procedure and provide privacy.”
In addition, the actions of the staff failed to follow the facility’s October 2009 Dignity Policy that promotes maintains and protects the privacy of residents during treatment procedures. That policy reads in part:
“Each resident shall be cared for in a manner that promotes and enhances the quality of life, dignity, respect, and individuality.”
Evergreen Park Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one was victimized by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at The Villa at Evergreen Park, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our skilled Evergreen Park attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.